If you prefer the Black Eyed Peas to the sounds of babbling Zen fountains, the funky and urban T-Spot Sushi is for you. Set in a small, dimly lit room, the ambience is closer to art gallery than restaurant. Bold artwork accents black walls, and a cushy couch and chairs sit in the middle of the room, forming a tiny lounge area. Diners can relax at one of the many tables or take a seat at the sleek, silver bar where the sushi chef rolls out food orders.
Menu-wise, things take a more expected turn. There are delicious offerings of the sushi standard maki, nigiri and sashimi rolls, as well as a few signature rolls, such as the T-Spot (crab meat, tuna, eel, tobiko, oshinko, avocado and wabasbi mayo) and the Lincoln Avenue (made with shrimp tempura, crab and veggies).
Sushi know-it-alls should try the tartare, which lets you choose from a selection of six fish and fish sauces; pair the ones that sound the most enticing. Can't seem to stomach the raw stuff? You have three, fully cooked entree options to choose from: tuna, salmon and white fish. And then there's the tea. Putting the "T" in T-Spot, it serves about 40 varieties of loose-leaf brews from around the world.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Ashley Hamilton